Cowboy Bebop, Planetes Recommendations
They have -go with the flow- underdog characters. Episodic sctructure uses the routine of dealing with people's problems around as the main story progresses. Both puts importance in scientific and engineering accuracy and realistic future depiction. Their animation fluidity goes up a notch in action heavy scenes.
I'd say they both start off with more or less the same way, however planetes shoot off with an Arc halfway throught the series while Cowboy Bebop has no particular arc until the last few episodes.
But both animes explored the character really well throughout the series which then results a brilliant ending, they are both comedic, they are both set in space, and they have more or less the lowest of jobs(Taking out the Trash and a Bounty Hunter)
Whenever I watched both anime I can't seem to stop myself from thinking of the other. If you liked Planetes, you'll like Cowboy Bebop. and the
Both shows are character-driven shows set in space with a rag-tag group of unlikely companions. Both series have light-hearted and often comical overtones with serious and thought-provoking moments that often deal with very relevant issues in current society. Both series also get a little darker/more serious towards end.
Both Planetes and Cowboy Bebop emits a similar sense of style, as they are both space anime containing some action with episodic storytelling. Planetes differs with additional quirkiness, a larger focus of its characters, further developments of its concepts and the input of romance. While Cowboy Bebop differs with a larger focus on the action, its sense of adventure and its music. If you like one for its sense of creative style you'll be sure to like the other.